At least they could have gotten a guarantee that the money would be for the soldiers

by sawamix

Which Bush crony will get the bounty from the Iraq supplemental? It sure as hell isn’t going to pay for troop needs. They haven’t given the soldiers what they need up until now, what makes anyone think that will change?

AP:

The system for delivering badly needed gear to Marines in Iraq has failed to meet many urgent requests for equipment from troops in the field, according to an internal document obtained by The Associated Press.

Of more than 100 requests from deployed Marine units between February 2006 and February 2007, less than 10 percent have been fulfilled, the document says. It blamed the bureaucracy and a “risk-averse” approach by acquisition officials.

Among the items held up were a mine resistant vehicle and a hand-held laser system.

“Process worship cripples operating forces,” according to the document. “Civilian middle management lacks technical and operational currency.”

The 32-page document – labeled “For Official Use Only” – was prepared by the staff of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Force after they returned from Iraq in February.

The document was to be presented in March to senior officials in the Pentagon’s defense research and engineering office. The presentation was canceled by Marine Corps leaders because its contents were deemed too contentious, according to a defense official familiar with the document. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss it publicly.

The document’s claims run counter to the public description of a process intended to cut through the layers of red tape that frequently slow the military’s procurement process.

The Marine Corps had no immediate comment on the document.

…and it looks like my suspicions that this president has no qualms about leaving these guys there with nothing are spot-on.